South Bend, IN – Pacific Cascade Corporation, the producer of the GreenDrop Recycling Station is proud to announce that Elkhart Plastics, Inc. (EPI) recently received a 2012 Product Competition Award for Recycled Product of the Year at the annual meeting of the Association of Rotational Molders for its production of the innovative GreenDrop Recycling Station product. The GreenDrop Recycling Station is a four-compartment, 88-gallon unit made of 100% recycled plastic that allows guests to easily self-sort recyclable and compostable items, keeping them out of the landfill waste stream.
“The GreenDrop Recycling Station is a perfect example of our interest in creating custom engineered solutions for our customers’ unique challenges. By utilizing eco-friendly materials to create a product that encourages additional eco-friendly behavior by users, we feel that we are really making an impact on the environment as well as our clients’ bottom line,” said Jack Welter, CEO of Elkhart Plastics, Inc.
EPI’s Portland Plastics has taken the concept to a new level by manufacturing the GreenDrop with a proprietary material named Recycolene™. Elkhart Plastics developed special equipment and a unique in-house process to create Recycolene™, which is available in a variety of colors. Recycolene™ has superior properties when compared to currently available recycled rotational grade polyethylene and can be used to mold countless products.
The GreenDrop Recycling Station concept started with the Moda Center, formally the Rose Garden Arena, in Portland, Oregon, which was looking to become a more environmentally responsible venue as well as to increase its landfill diversion rate. The result was a unique, easy-to-use recycling station that guests can easily self-sort recyclable and compostable items. The project has been a great success and has evolved to include many venues and stadiums throughout the country, including The Staples Center in Los Angeles, the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena and the newly renovated Husky Stadium, and BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Moda Center alone has increased its landfill diversion rate to 90% in 2011.
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Elkhart Plastics, Inc. is a 25-year old company providing rotational molding capabilities for customers. Five plants across the US offer unique solutions for each customer. Understanding that the application drives the design, these committed problem-solvers work as an extension of their customers’ organizations to deliver creative solutions for their customers’ unique applications and parts. Visit their website.